When choosing between eyeglasses, contact lenses, and laser surgery it is important to consult with your optometrist or ophthalmologist to determine which option is most appropriate for your life and your optical health. There are many factors including age, lifestyle habits and additional vision problems that may prohibit some correction options for certain people. Eyeglasses are a sensible solution for sufferers of vision problems of any age. Children as young as 3 years old may be prescribed glasses and reading glasses are a common solution for older adults who begin to lose their near-sight ability. Eyeglasses are now available in a variety of fashionable styles, and many designer labels market prescription lenses and sunglasses. For patients with relatively mild vision issues, glasses are a convenient option because they can be easily removed when not needed.
Contact lenses, also referred to as contacts, are suitable for people with highly active lifestyles, including athletes. Contact lenses do require a certain amount of care and attention that some younger teens and children may not be prepared to handle. Patients who suffer astigmatism or require a bifocal prescription may wear contact lenses. Some people have trouble adjusting to contact lenses, and some people’s eyes become irritated during contact lens wear. Modern day contact lenses, however, are extremely comfortable and most patients quickly adjust to using contact lenses.
Laser eye surgery, such as Lasik, is becoming increasingly popular to correct vision problems. While laser eye surgery is not recommended for children and young adults, advancements in technology have made it a relatively safe and effective way to improve vision in adults. 80% of patients who undergo laser eye surgery find their vision improved and no longer need to wear corrective lenses. Further corrections can be made following laser eye surgery with additional surgery.